Faculty Senate 2009-2010
INDIANA UNIVERSITY EAST
2009-10 FACULTY SENATE
December 1, 2009
Whitewater Hall Room 132
Presiding: Laverne Nishihara, Faculty Senate President
Present: Baldwin, L; Barbre, J ;Battraw, J; Baumann, P; Beach, D; Bingaman, R; Blakefield, M; Breymier, T; Bullock, D; Cheung, O; Clapp-Itnyre, A; Clark, K; Curry, M; DeSantis, K; Dulemba, L; Felton, K; Folkerth, M; Frantz, D; Gabston, M; Greer, K; Heffron Williamson, M; Humphries, P; Jance, M; Jayasuriya, K; Kathuria, H; Kriese, P; Kunshek, R; Lafuze, J; Ma, H; McFadden, S; McKinley, E; Morgan, A; Morse, M; Nishihara, L; Olson, D; Passet, J; Paydar, N; Pomper, M; Ramsey, R; Rankin, S; Richards, L; Rivard, T; Roswell, R; Rybas, N; Scott, W; Seddighin, M; Simon, J; Stager, J; Stanforth, D; Stolle, C; Thornburg, E; Tolley, R; Whitt, P; Wilde, J; Yates, F.
Absent: Armstead, S; Baker, D; Bow, C; Bow, C; Branstrator, P; Braxton-Brown, G; Buckner, B; Cooksey, A; Dempsey, K; Doerger, D; Fell, M; Fitzgerald, E; Harper, J; Helton, E; Henderson, T; Huffman, E; Knuths, J; Ludlum Foos, C; Lundy, D; Mahaffey, J; Maurer, J; McFadden, B; Mohamed, W; Peacock, F; Sabine, N; Samborsky, E (on leave); Scales, T; Slattery, E. (on leave); Thomas Evans, M; Watkins, M; Weber, G; Wilson, E
Guests: Hicks, D, Registrar; Itnyre, R, Visiting Faculty; Kim, A, Visiting Faculty
Call to order
Quorum was reached and the meeting was called to order at 11:00 am by Laverne Nishihara, Faculty Senate President.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes for the November 3, 2009 meeting were approved as presented.
- President’s Report—Laverne Nishihara
Laverne Nishihara took a few minutes to thank the faculty for working hard to support higher learning. She went on to show her appreciation to the faculty for attending Faculty Senate even at the busy time of the semester. She also thanked the Parliamentarian Paul Kriese and prior president Markus Pomper for spending many hours advising and assisting her. There are many of the faculty that are representing East on the IU committees and Laverne Nishihara recognized a few of those faculty members. Karen Clark is on the Academic Continuity Committee that works to ensure academic continuity in cases of emergency or widespread illness. Mort Seddighin is on the UFC Finances and Facilities Committee and Alisa Clapp-Itnyre is on the UFC Research Affairs Committee representing East. If anyone has any feedback to those committees they should contact the representatives or Laverne. The University Faculty Council had its meeting last week where Hitesh Kathuria and Laverne Nishihara participated in the meeting. The UFC voted to approve changes to people’s titles in the Bloomington academic handbook and these changes will result in changes in titles of all IU. There was a presentation by the dean of the IUPUI library which advocated the increased use of peer reviewed scholarly resources that are electronically available for free or at a low price. He advocated a more open sharing of scholarly and scientific work in these open access peer reviewed journals. He secondly advocated the way of helping students save money on textbooks by more use of open educational resources such as open textbooks. There was also a presentation by the dean of the school of health, physical education, and recreation. He presented information showing that Indiana is the sixth worst state in overall well-being within the United States. He linked this to President McRobbie’s announcement last May on the formation of two schools of health, one in Bloomington and one at IUPUI. There are going to be possible collaborations between the newly formed schools of public health and the schools of nursing in the future.
Discussion: There was a question of the presenters talking about the 18/20 retirement plan at UFC and Laverne stated that they did not cover that information at the meeting.
- Chancellor’s Report—Chancellor Paydar
The opening of the new café has been postponed to open in the summer of 2010 instead of spring 2010. The designs have been completed but we are waiting for bids and there is hope that construction will begin at the end of December or early January. There is also a plan to renovate all the restrooms in Whitewater Hall because of lead paint that is currently on the walls. A few will also be changed to be handicap-accessible because there are very few currently in Whitewater at this time. Hayes Hall will also be getting a stand-alone generator because all of the other buildings currently have one. Since the last meeting, IU Kokomo has voted to have a permanent member from IU East at the graduate council. Chancellor Paydar thanked the entire faculty that has taken part in restructuring Tutorial Services. The campus has been very grateful for the hard work of the staff and we plan to continue all the great work that has been done. The staff from Tutorial Services is going to continue to help along with the support of faculty. We are going to build on the services that are currently being offered and add other features such as an early warning system so we can automatically go after individuals that need additional support. These changes will be made by January and we will be saving a considerable amount of money. The state budget is continuing to go downhill and many have heard about Purdue’s plan to cut 70 million dollars off of their budget. There is concern that there will be additional cuts in the future months for all state agencies. We are working very hard to spend our money responsibly. Academics will be the one thing that will not be cut because it is important that we continue to grow.
- Executive Session
Voting Item: Approval of December Graduates (confidential)
The list of graduates was approved by a unanimous vote.
- Standing Committees
- AAA Committee—Michele Curry
Voting Item: Revision to the Student Code of Conduct Procedures
Bob Ramsey made a motion to remove this voting item until February and it was seconded by David Frantz. The motion passed unanimously.
Information Item: October Student Hearings
Michele Curry reported that there were a total of four appeals. Two of the appeals were approved and two were denied.
- Athletics Committee—Neil Sabine
Voting Item: Academic Eligibility Policy for Student Athletes
The Academic Eligibility Policy for Student Athletes was moved by the Athletics Committee.
Discussion: There was a question of whether this is a new or revised policy that has been brought forth. Neil informed everyone that IU East is now using the NAIA eligibility standards that allow participation until the student is a junior. There was another question of who will monitor this process. Neil stated that the Athletics Committee has not dealt with the procedure part yet, only the eligibility part. Michele Curry questioned if student athletes would appeal to the AAA Committee or to the Dean of Students. Mary Blakefield stated that students that fall into this category are probationary, not suspended. However if they are suspended then they would go through the AAA Committee.
The motion to approve the policy was approved unanimously.
- Curriculum Committee—Bob Ramsey
Voting Items: New Course Request
BIOL-L397 Biology of Addictions
The course was moved and seconded by the Curriculum Committee.
The course was approved unanimously and the motion carried.
- Nominating Committee—LaDonna Hatley Dulemba
Information Items: Call for Nominations—Faculty Senate President and UFC Representative
LaDonna Dulemba reported that the elections are going to be held in February for Faculty Senate President and for UFC Representative. She asked that everyone watch for an e-mail that will solicit the nominations.
- Academic Affairs Report – Executive Vice Chancellor Richards
In the Spring there will be a new early warning enrollment verification system that will be implemented. It will correspond with SIS and allow enrollment verification twice a semester. Instructors will do all of this online and have preset codes. It will be an easy system to use and will help tremendously with early warning and help us to know of the students that need additional assistance. Brett Crowley will direct this system as he has done this current semester. There will be deadlines that have to be met for the verification and this system will be stricter than the previous system that has been used. It is a requirement not an option—Federal Financial Aid is dependent upon reporting. It will also help us to spot the students that are only enrolling to receive financial aid and then not attending classes.
- Old Business
Chancellor Paydar announced that the Christmas party will be canceled due to the budget cuts. It seems like a responsible decision to make so that the money can be used on other needed items.
- New Business
Cheryl Stolle reminded everyone that the Freshman Seminar students need to continue to collect food items for the IUE Angel Tree families. Any extra items that are left over will go to Circle U.
The meeting adjourned at 11:35 a.m.